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posted 04-22-2013 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Sound like y'all had one of those very special times in wine country - we will have to check out Sciandri.

You know, I've been name dropping "Lee from Tennessee" for a few years now - I might just add "I'm Team Semifero" to my list


posted 04-21-2013 04:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
Wow, what a day Saturday was.

Started at Gotts and Sweetie Pies for breakfast and coffee. Then it was on to Coombsville.

First stop was Porter Family Vineyards. After making our way down the very steep drive way, we tried the gate box to call to open, no answer, tried calling no answer, so we thought maybe some wires had gotten crossed up between us, Ron Sciandri, who booked the appointment for us, and the people at Porter, so we started the drive back up the drive way, well on the way down was Tim Porter, he had us down for 11:30, no harm done, turned around at the top and followed him into the winery.

Took a nice stroll around the property, a little hill climb to an amazing view, then back down to their cave, all the time being escorted by 2 of their winery dogs. Cool cave, and we did the tasting in the cave in their "Play Room".

We tried a Syrah rose, which was pretty good, the Cave Dweller red blend, very good, Atlas Peak Cab, very good, a Coombsville cab, good, and a Syrah, pretty good. We bought a couple Cave Dwellers and an Atlas Peak. Tim Porter gave a great tour, and a very nice tasting. Some pretty cool info about their wine makers's use of barrels, and how he blends the wine. I would definitely recommend all of you check out Porter Family, it was a great tasting experience!!

After Porter some craziness insured. We headed over to Sciandri Vineyards. Pulled up to the Sciandri's home where they do their tastings and were greeted by their dog Fudge, a big chocolate lab, he was a sweet boy. Only problem was, nobody seemed to be around. So I called Ron Sciandri, no answer. Couple minutes later he called back. They had just gotten back from a trip to Kentucky and apparently had thought the appointment was in May, Ron was a bit embarrassed and very apologetic, he said knock on, the door, his wife Roberta, was home, and she would get us started, and he would be there in about 20 minutes. No problem, we had lots of time. We knocked, and Roberta was just as surprised to see us and Ron was to hear from us, again very apologetic for the mix up, she took us into their small tasting room to start the tasting. She filled us in on the brand new AVA of Coombsville, and we started with their 08 Cab/Syrah blend, it was awesome, right about then Ron showed up and he took over, gave us another good pour, and took us on a tour of the property, what an amazing home site they have, it really needs to be seen to fully appreciate, but a couple times I mentioned to Ron and Roberta, they were living the dream. We then spent the next 3HOURS drinking wine, eating salamis, cheese, bread, home brined olives, some of their home made liquors, and a ton of great conversation. Our 3.5 hours at Sciandri is hands down the greatest wine tasting experience I've ever had anywhere. It was like sitting on my porch, hanging out with family talking drinking and just enjoying each other. Their wine maker also came by for about the last hour we were there. I truly believe it we had not had Lobsterfest tickets already paid for, we would have ended up spending the night out there at their home, it was going that well. Ron and Roberta are amazing down to earth, good hearted people, who I can't say enough good things about. We joined their wine club, and will be back when we come in July. They really are our 2nd favorite people in the valley, after our good friends from Sattui. Please, go see them and try their wine. If you can't find something to like about their wine or them, you are seriously damaged somehow.

After the tasting we headed back to the hotel to clean up before the lobster fest at V. Sattui. Amy and I in giant Lobster hats, and with lobster goblets, ended up in several random pictures, and I gave a brief, how to eat a whole lobster lesson for those around us, it being the first time for many of them. Also, being such loyal followers as we are, we got an extra bucket of lobsters dropped in front of us, much to surprise and delight of all those around us, at V.Sattui, it is definitely good to be Team Semifero!! After dinner we danced a little, drank some wine, and put in an order, as there were some pretty big discounts going on.

What an incredible day, still can't believe how much fun we had at Sciandri, it was a very special afternoon, I hope, you all check them and Porter out the next time you are in Napa, you won't be disappointed.


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